Even though Multiplayer editor Stephen Totilo tried to torture his own cat with “Wii Fit,” we here at MTV really do love our feline friends.
That’s why we’re continuing our year-long quest to find the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games with the nominees for the greatest video game cat. The feline champion, decided at the end of the month by our panel of judges and readers, will go on to the final round among the other categories later this year.
And as always, we ask readers to write in their votes for their favorites as well as ones we’ve missed for consideration. First up…
The world’s most famous cat pirate escapes his Cocker-Spaniard captors and sets out to collect the Amulet of Nine Lives, an artifact that gives its bearer near-immortality.
A blue cat with nine tails, the cleverly named feline would spin around wildly, using his extra appendages to send the Kongs soaring into the sky.
Considered some of the worst NES games ever made, “Cheetamen” and “Cheetamen II” featured three genetically-engineered humanoid cheetahs named Apollo, Aries and Hercules who battle their creator, a mad scientist named Dr. Morbis.
In the 2D fighting game series, Felicia is a human with cat-like features (white fur, paws and a tail) whose special moves include an ability to summon other catgirls to help her.
In between massive bloodbaths, lead character Travis Touchdown can go to his apartment and play with his pet cat Jeane, who may on occasion get stuck on the ceiling fan.
A fortune teller in the form of a panther, Katrina will give the player a cryptic fortune that is either good or bad. She also will remove the ill effects of a bad fortune… for a price.
Half-cat, half-girl, Katt is a fierce and feisty fighter who has the ability to break obstructing objects (like pesky rocks) and becomes part of protagonist Ryu’s party after he saves her from an assassination attempt.
Protagonist Alis Landale meets her first companion, a talking musk cat named Myau, in a pet store. Myau’s mission is to rescue his pal Odin who has been turned to stone by Medusa.
There are too many to name individually, but we trust our readers and judges can choose their favorites among Meowth, Snorlax, Persian, Mewtwo, Mew, Espeon, Delcatty, Shinx, Luxio, Luxray, Glameow, Purugly…
We’re not sure what a Lombax is, but it’s cat-like enough for us. Ratchet is a Lombax mechanic who often saves the galaxy from evil-doers with the help of unique gadgets and gizmos and his robot pal Clank.
Also known by his real name Nanaki, Red XIII is a powerful, longevous lion with red fur and a fiery tail. He learns his true heritage and proves to be a valuable asset to Cloud’s party in “Final Fantasy VII.”
Despite his name, Rover is a actually cat who travels around the world. He helps the player with his/her appearance and lodging at the start of “Animal Crossing.”
An SD-style, anthropomorphic cat, Toro is also known as Sony Cat in Japan. He has starred in several of his own games, including his latest title on the PS3 “Mainichi Issho” (“Everyday Together”), where he hosts a talk show/game show.
One of the 16 playable races, the Vah Shir are a feline race from Luclin who have excellent stealth, night vision and the ability to fall from high places without getting hurt.
The fighting games featuring anthropomorphic animals included a lion rock star (Prince Leon of Kenya), a cheetah (Tai Cheetah), a panther (Panthra) and a hyperactive cat (brilliantly named Psycho Kitty).
Take home a virtual kitten and feed it, pet it and love it to your heart’s content. You can also dress up your kitty with “cute accessories” but that also borders on animal cruelty if you ask us…
In the the RPG’s version of space, pirates don’t have parrots on their shoulders — they have cats. Lead character Jaster Rogue meets a white, fluffy cat who speaks for his master, waving his paws wildly and meowing orders.
Battle Lex Luthor? Psssh. In the game based on the movie, the Man of Steel played fireman as he was tasked with saving 100 cats from trees for an Achievement. (We don’t know who would ever do that…)
In the upcoming election game, when the Lion, King of the Animals, is caught up in a series of embarrassing scandals, he is removed from office so that the other animals have a chance to become Commander-in-Chief.
The side-scrolling platform game based on the Disney animated movie gave players control of protagonist Simba as a cub and then as an adult to battle his ruthless uncle Scar.
Protagonist Neku may have thought his partner’s pal was a pig, but Mr. Mew was definitely a cat. Shiki’s constant companion and attacker, this stuffed kitty never left her side.
Got any more to add? Let us know who else should be considered for the greatest cat in video game history!